Nicaragua shook by 5.4-magnitude earthquake

 

Earthquakes registered in the past 10 days (courtesy of INETER)

(posted June 17, 11:15 a.m.)- Nicaragua’s Pacific coast continues to shake, rattle and roll. At 9:12 on Monday morning another 5.4-magnitude quake was registered 61 kilometers off the coast of Puerto Sandino, León. No damage or injuries were reported.

Similar to last Saturday’s 6.5-magnitude quake the in same area, the quake’s epicenter was shallow—only 15 kilometers deep—and was caused by tectonic movement between the Cocos and Caribbean plates.

Since Saturday’s quake, Nicaragua has registered 35 smaller aftershocks in the same area, ranging in magnitude between 2.0-5.0, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER). This morning’s aftershock was the strongest one in the past 48 hours.

The government says it is on alert for continued seismic activity.

 

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